Marquette Lacrosse announces 2017 schedule
Sept. 23, 2016
MILWAUKEE - Coming off the first NCAA Championship appearance and BIG EAST tournament title in program history, Marquette University men's lacrosse head coach Joe Amplo has announced the schedule for the upcoming 2017 campaign.
"We will once again face a really challenging schedule in 2017," Amplo said. "I am really excited to bring the Midwest Lacrosse Classic to Marquette and having some nationally recognized opponents play on our campus late in the season. It will be great for the local community."
The schedule remains fairly unchanged from previous seasons, but MU adds Jacksonville back after a year hiatus, as well as Air Force, against whom the Golden Eagles claimed their first-ever victory on March 2, 2013. The slate also features the Midwest Lacrosse Classic in Milwaukee for the first time in its three-year existence and Duke and Denver return to town to end the regular season.
The Golden Eagles begin the spring semester by hosting a Jan. 28 scrimmage against High Point and will also host Penn and the Milwaukee School of Engineering on Feb. 11 after a trip to Michigan on Feb. 4.
"I've developed a really good relationship with MSOE head coach Sean Farrell and I know he's trying to build that program," Amplo said of adding the scrimmage with the cross-town Raiders. "I think this will be a really good opportunity for him and for our young guys to compete against a really hungry group of kids."
The regular season begins with a pair of road contests south of the Mason-Dixon Line as the squad opens at Jacksonville on Saturday, Feb. 18 before a game at Richmond on Saturday, Feb. 25.
MU is 1-2 all-time against JU, while Marquette owns a pair of memorable victories over Richmond in the last two campaigns. The Golden Eagles suffocated the Spiders' offense in last season's 7-2 win in Virginia, while MU also won a thrilling come-from-behind contest in 2015 on Jordan Greenfield's sixth goal of the game in overtime.
Marquette will host the Midwest Lacrosse Classic for the first time on March 3-5 and will play its home opener against Ohio State on Friday, March 3, followed by a matchup with Detroit on Sunday, March 5. Bellarmine will also travel to Milwaukee for the tournament but will not face the Golden Eagles.
Following the first home weekend, Marquette will travel to Robert Morris, whom it defeated 13-5 last season on March 11, before a bye week prior to the start of BIG EAST Conference play.
The Golden Eagles will spend Marquette's spring break practicing in Milwaukee before league action begins at Georgetown on Saturday, March 25.
Air Force will head to Valley Fields for a Tuesday, March 28 meeting and the Golden Eagles will look to make it four-straight victories over Villanova on Saturday, April 1 in Pennsylvania.
The following week, Marquette faces St. John's at home on Saturday, April 8 and will finish its road schedule at Notre Dame (Tuesday, April 11) and Providence (Saturday, April 15).
The Golden Eagles will cap the regular season by welcoming both Duke (Saturday, April 22) and Denver (Saturday, April 29) back to Milwaukee in consecutive weeks.
The BIG EAST tournament will be held May 4-6 at a yet to be determined host location.
FALL BALL - The Golden Eagles will have one day of competition during the fall season in Blaine, Minnesota at the Boundary Waters Lacrosse Classic where they will take on Fairfield and the University of Minnesota's club team on Sunday, Oct. 23 at National Sports Center Stadium. The scrimmages will be played in conjunction with a U11-17 boys and girls lacrosse club tournament held on Saturday and Sunday.
"It will be a great destination for Midwest kids to come and watch an NCAA Division I game and have the opportunity to play some great lacrosse," Amplo said. "It is going to be a great lacrosse weekend all around."
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